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Special Project
From the 10th Annual Shorty Awards

Primitive Technology

Finalist in Education

About Primitive Technology

You know in the movies when characters get stranded on islands and start fires with sticks? Or history lessons about people that lived in mud huts? Well, thanks to John Plant and his Primitive Technology YouTube channel, anyone on the internet can learn to make the objects necessary for survival out of basic natural materials. If you think you’re up to the task of building everything from fires to stoves to houses from scratch, John provides detailed instructions for turning sticks and stones into things that could definitely break your bones. These incredible videos led to the channel jumping into the top 300 most-subscribed YouTube channels in 2017, doubling its subscriber count to over 7M over the course of the year.

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